In light of sexual misconduct accusations against him, 10 Senate Democratic women and multiple Democratic men are now calling for the resignation of Senator Al Franken.
“Enough is enough,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stated on Wednesday, the same day that a sixth accuser came forward against the Democratic politician from Minnesota. “We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women. That is where this debate has to go.”
According to The New York Times, Franken will be making an announcement on Thursday regarding his future in the Senate.
In addition to Gillibrand, the following women are also calling for Franken’s resignation: Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who issued statements in a coordinated effort.
“As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest,” Gillibrand stated on her Twitter. “The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.”
Even Tom Perez, who is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is demanding Franken leave his seat.
Franken has apologized for his actions, including the acknowledgment of groping and kissing a sleeping newscaster in 2006.
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